Cokie Roberts Examines Changing--and Unchanging--Roles of Women

Cokie Roberts discussed the writing and updating of her book We Are Our Mother's Daughters, and her research into the roles of women throughout American history for it, before a crowd of about 700 at the PLA President's Program. "I, of course, use libraries all the time in doing research on these history books," Roberts said. "It is amazing how much info is there and how helpful people are in getting it out.” In the book, Roberts said, "I ask what is a woman's place.

Data Power through Data Linking

“From Legacy Data to Linked Data: Preparing Libraries for Web 3.0,” drew enough of an audience that some had to listen from the hallway. Data objects and agents already have identifiers, explained Diane Hillmann of the Information Institute of Syracuse and Metadata Management Associates. In linked data, however, relationships between data also have identifiers. That way, “The relationships can be identified and explained and given context,” she said.

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LITA's tenth year of Top Tech Trends July 12 was likely its best attended ever--thanks to free wi-fi in t

How libraries can work with the media

Sunday morning's PR Forum featured a panel of five experts who offered tips and tactics that will help libraries get their stories told through both new and traditional media. The program was sponsored by the PR Assembly of the ALA Public Awareness, supported by ALA Public Information Office staff.

From Awareness to Geekdom

Three weeks into a pilot campaign aimed at moving OCLC’s 2008 study From Awareness to Funding from theory to practice, OCLC hosted a session July 11 to talk about where the study has taken them since its publication one year ago and to discuss their new campaign: Geek the Library.

President’s Program: Secrets Expert Tells All

The same day that National Security Archive Director Tom Blanton keynoted the ALA President’s Program, a front-page article in the New York Times revealed that former Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to withhold information from Congress about a secret counterterrorism program. Blanton noted that as President Gerald Ford’s chief of staff, Cheney had convinced him to veto amendments strengthening the Freedom of Information Act.

Choosing Sides on Net Neutrality

The knotty issue of net neutrality—the principle that network providers should not discriminate in the sites or applications they provide access to—and its implications for libraries was deftly explicated by a panel of experts assembled Sunday morning by the Library Information and Technology Association.

Bringing Technology to the Developing World

To anyone attending an ALA conference, viewing the many attendees toting laptops or sporting smartphones and the exhibit hall dominated by high-tech vendors, it’s inescapable how pervasive technology has become in our society; in developing countries, it’s obviously another story. “Technology and the Developing World,” a Saturday-morning program presented by the Library and Information Technology Association, illustrated various approaches to rectifying that situation


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